Day 17: Sherman Alexie’s “Saint Junior” and “Maxakali Creation Story” and other oral traditions.

Today, we went over the similarities and differences of the Maxakali Creation story from South America and other oral tradition stories from North America. Students were able to discern similar themes and ideas while looking for differences in content, style, culture, and characters. Also, we discussed “Saint Junior” which is fortuitously aligned with their Film class which is showing Sherman Alexie’s “Smoke Signals” in which they are able to compare his work in both classes along with discussion of themes such as basketball, education, and love.

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